Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Review - GW's Clean-up Kit Scraper

Recently I posted some pictures of some Plague Drones I had completed and the Painting Intelligentsia (Jack and Charlie) pointed out the mold lines I had left. Cut to the quip I immediately decided I had to do something about it or bear ongoing derision from that quarter.

Luckily for me, Domus on "The Magnificent Bastards" then popped up and reviewed Games Workshop's Clean-up kit. Inspired by his review I wandered into GW Wellington Hobby Centre passed across $26 of my savings and bought one for myself.

If you remember this kit was released in the wake of the Finecast debacle - along with Liquid Green Stuff - as the tools that would patch up any model failures you received. As I recall, it was ridiculed as a waste of money at the time adding little utility at what was seen as exorbitant cost. I certainly didn't see the need to purchase one and so my tool rack has been absent said kit.

Fast forward two years and intermittent attempts to clean up mold lines on resin and plastic figures. I use a craft knife and generally find I cut into the plastic if it is too sharp or my hand if too blunt.

Colour me skeptical as to the utility of this kit, but fortified by Domus' review I have used it over the past four weeks.

Let's put aside the brush. Yes it nice but is an adjunct rather than the main proposition. The scraper is fantastic. It has a soft rubberised grip with a metal business end. This scraper is brushed steel and works a treat. the edge is sufficient to remove resin plugs and plastic dags and it cleans up joints with no gouging of the model. The tool is also sufficiently sturdy that with a little pressure you can remove lines in one fluid movement.

I am a convert. The tool is fantastic. It can get into tight places due to its design and I know find I use it far more than any other craft instrument on my desk.

Fully recommend. In fact, if you haven't got one then go and buy one now! 

1 comment:

  1. Like most things Peter, it requires the combination of a great deal of patience, and a great deal of swallowing your pride and getting some new glasses so you are not trying to detect the lines with as if they were Braille.